looking back on 2014
2014 was a year. There were wonderful things, a few slumps, and even a few moments where I wasn't so sure I was gonna make it through. But I think it's safe to say that we're coming out on the other side, and I'm gonna look back and choose to remember all the great stuff. Because when I take it all in, I'm a little overwhelmed with all that 2014 held.
2014 was the year I finished my first book! The process brought a few tears, but they're worth it now that I'm anticipating holding a copy very soon. This year I made four quilts. Who would've expected that? Four books that I contributed to were released this year, and I secretly worked on more projects for future titles. This includes some stuffed toys that I kinda fell in love with.
It's easy to forget how many things I made for my blog throughout the year (my 10th year of blogging!), but looking back, I realized just what that included. Even though I had times of posting less often, I still managed to create over 200 posts! I guess I was busier than I thought? I think that's one reason that I love having a blog. It's a nice documentation of my crafty life. So with that in mind, here are a few of my favorite posts from this year.
In 2014 I suddenly learned that I liked sewing stuffed animals and other creatures. I also discovered that safety eyes are a great way to give them the character of my Wild Olive faces.
As my sewing skills grew, I found that it opened up a whole new world of crafting opportunity. Thank you for letting me share this discovery with all of you!
I love a good printable, especially when it comes with a cute face.
And as I've mentioned, hand work is my friend. Slow work is my friend. Animal sewing accessories are also my friends.
More than anything, I learned this year that taking some pressure off yourself is necessary. Which is why as I look forward to 2015, I'm going to do my best to eliminate some extras in my life that create more pressure, and I'm going to look back and remember what was probably one of the most important posts I wrote all year.
What did you love in 2014? What are you glad to leave behind?
By Mollie Johanson at Tuesday, December 30, 2014